Preventing Mental Health Problems in Young People

15 February 2019

 

Just before the half term break, the 5th and 6th Form heard from Dr Aric Sigman about how to prevent mental health problems from developing.

Dr Sigman has degrees in Psychology, The Neurophysiological Basis of Behaviour and a PhD in the field of the role of attention in autonomic nervous system self-regulation. He delivers talks to schools, parents, the NHS and politicians on a variety of subjects such as The Facts about Alcohol, Managing Screen Time, Body Image and Parenting the Demanding Generation.

The talk he gave to the boarders outlined the practical and achievable steps that children can take to strengthen their mental health, resilience and reduce a risk of problems developing in the future. These steps included getting enough sleep, exercise and having enough unstructured free time – a chance to play and do what they want.

After the talk to the boarders, Dr Sigman also spoke to parents on the same topic, but specifically about how they can help their children reduce mental health problems from developing.

At a busy time of year with mock exams and Common Entrance looming; the boys, more than ever, need to be aware of the ways to reduce the risk of pressure getting too much. The talk helped them understand the steps they need to take.

 

Dr Aric Sigman talks to Caldicott Boarders